Natural Freshwater Resources & Usage

The following data visualisation shows the natural freshwater resources available to each country as well as how much of it they withdraw for agricultural, industrial or domestic purposes. Comparing the total numbers in resources and usage instead of the per capita numbers also gives an impression of how the water is distributed between the countries. Countries like Brazil and Canada for an example have huge reservoirs of freshwater at their disposal. In the year 2014 a total number 3,985 trillion cubic meters of freshwater where taken out of the cycle worldwide to be used for agriculture (70%), industry (20%) and domestic life (10%). In industrialised nations, however, industries (including the production of electricity) consume more than half of the water available for human use. Indirectly it shows that switching of the light or being mindful of the food we consume might be much more effective ways to save water than limiting the actual water usage at home.

Link to data visualisation

The visualisation uses coloured dots to differentiate between agricultural (green), industrial (grey) and domestic (blue) usage. Each dot represents cubic meters of water.
The visualisation is designed to encourage user exploration and to emphasise the contrasts of available freshwater between the countries.